One day in November Juche 85 (1996), Chairman Kim Jong Il set sail for Cho Island to inspect a local Korean People’s Army unit standing guard there. The weather was unusually frantic—the wind was blowing at 20 metres per second and the waves rose gradually from two metres to three to four metres high, threatening the boats at sea.
Although his accompanying officials tried to dissuade him from sailing in defiance of the violent waves, the Chairman would not give up. He got aboard a 100-ton-class speedboat and set out in the open sea for the island.
A cameraman, who was accompanying the Chairman to film his inspection, tried desperately to take pictures of him on the boat which was moving topsy-turvy in the raging waters.
But it was impossible even to maintain himself on the deck—every time he rose up he banged himself hard against the deck. He was tearfully anxious, feeling guilty for his failure to record the Chairman’s inspection of the island.
In May Juche 91 (2002), Kim Jong Il was visiting a KPA unit, when he happened to see a large painting depicting him on a voyage to Cho Island. Standing before it for a while, he recalled the day of six years before when he cut through the turbulent waves to see the soldiers on the solitary island post.